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Horn of Africa: “In my 70 years, I have not seen anything as severe as this”

26 Apr 2022

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The Governments of Kenya and Somalia declared national emergencies in September and November 2021, respectively. If the current rainy season is below average, this would be the first time in 40 years that communities in the Horn of Africa are facing four consecutive below-normal rainy seasons. Such a disaster could throw 20 million people into extreme hunger.

Ahmad Hassan Yarrow stands in front of his makeshift home in a camp for internally displaced people (IDPs) in southern Somalia’s Luuq district. He is one of hundreds of thousands of Somalis displaced by the country’s most recent and worsening drought and leaving their homes in search of food, water, pasture for their animals and shelter.

“Of all the droughts I have experienced in my 70 years, I have not seen anything as severe as this,” he said. "This drought has wiped out everything we had."
 
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